Summer Schools


All ESRs and ERs of the network participate in the summer schools. The summer schools are divided into two main topics: (1) Courses, lectures, tutorials and seminars on atmospheric sciences, tailored to the specific needs of the network participants. The general background of atmospheric physics and chemistry is taught and these courses will include specialised lecture subjects;
(2) A wide training programme on complementary skills will be given.

The transferable skills training includes both lectures and personal training, e.g. video-taped presentations of the young researchers which are then analysed collectively. The schedule and level of the summer schools will be tailored to the level of experience of the ESRs, going from a broader introductory level to expert level presentations in the last year. ERs of the network are also asked to give tutorials and lectures.

The courses, lectures and tutorials are given by lecturers from the hosting institution and from the other participating institutions of the network, associated partners of the network, and other professional instructors (e.g. specialised instructors for transferable skills).

Summer School 2013 (Programme)



A Summer School organized by TROPOS (Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research, Leipzig) and supported by CLOUD-TRAIN took place from September 8th till 16th 2009 in Braunfels, Germany.

24 students from all over Europe had the possibility to improve their knowledge in topics related to atmospheric aerosol, clouds, and atmospheric chemical processes. The young researchers could also upgrade their scientific writing and presentation skills. Following scientists from the CLOUD-TRAIN project gave lectures during the Summer School: Joachim Curtius (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany), Jasper Kirkby (CERN, Switzerland), Frank Stratmann (IfT, Germany), Ken Carslaw (University of Leeds, UK), D. Wosnop (AERODYNE), M. Gallagher (University of Manchester, UK), U. Baltensperger (PSI, Switzerland), and A. Hansel (IONICON, Austria).


Summer School 2014 (Programme)



A Summer School "Formation and growth of atmospheric aerosols" took place at Hyytiälä Foresty Field Station, Finland, from August 13 to 22. The Summer School was organized by Markku Kulmala, professor of Helsinki University, one of the participants of the CLOUD-TRAIN project. Coordinator of CLOUD-TRAIN, professor of Goethe-University Frankfurt Joachim Curtius also participated in the Summer School. On August 14 he gave a talk entitled "Ion-Induced Nucleation". In the afternoon session he discussed with the students the rules of good scientific practice.


Representatives of the Associated Partners of the Marie Curie project CLOUD-TRAIN Douglas Worsnop (Aerodyne Research Inc.) and Katrianne Lehtipalo (Airmodus Ltd.) gave talks on atmospheric mass spectrometry and instrumentation.

Almost all of the fellows of the CLOUD-TRAIN project participated at the Summer School.


Summer School 2015 (Programme)



The 3rd CLOUD-TRAIN Summer School took place from June 7 to June 13, 2015, in Cascais, Portugal. The training event was organised by Frankfurt University. PIs of the project: Jasper Kirkby (CERN), Joachim Curtius (Frankfurt University), Armin Hansel (Ionicon), Urs Baltensperger (PSI), and Katrianne Lehtipalo (Helsinki University) gave talks and classes. The CLOUD-TRAIN management, as well as the recent CLOUD10-T experiment and the plans and preparations for the upcoming CLOUD10 campaign were discussed also. Associated Partners were represented by Antonio Amorim (Lisbon University), Antonio Tome (Lisbon University), and Doug Worsnop (Aerodyne). Neil Donahue (Carnegie Mellon University) and Rainer Volkamer (Colorado University) were invited to give talks and classes also. University of Lisbon was closly involved in the organisation of the Summer School.





Theprogramme of the Summer School covered a wide range of research topics. The evaluation of the summer school contents revealed that the sessions on scientific writing and on the further career development in industry or in academic research were evaluated as very useful by the majority of the ITN fellows at the current stage of the EU Marie-Curie project.



Hotel Baia provided seminar rooms for the general sessions as well as additional seminar rooms for the small working groups.



A tour to the historical part of Lisbon University included the Science Museum and the Botanic Gardens. The tour was informative and interesting for the participants of the Summer School.